The Battle for Bengal: Will the lotus bloom ?

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The Battle for Bengal: Will the lotus bloom ?

29 Apr 2021
The Battle for Bengal: Will the lotus bloom ?
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The battle for Bengal will end tomorrow with the final phase of polling scheduled to end at 7 PM. It's been a marathon election spread over 8 phases rather than a single phase sprint in he other 3 states (TN, Kerela and Puducherry). It has been a highly polarised election with temperatures running high in what is being touted as a faceoff between 'Daughter of bengal' and 'Poriborton'. The BJP has gone for an agressive campainging with some of its biggest leaders being roped in to change its fortunes in Bengal. TMC has countered the BJP campaign by calling themselves the upholder of Bengal culture. However, it remains to be seen who gets the vote of confidence on May 2.

The exit polls will be out tomorrow which will give us some indication on the results come sunday afternoon.Interestingly, BJP will be looking to build on their performance in 2019 loksabha polls where they won 18 seats including South bengal and Kolkatta. Nandigram is a key constituency which is battle between Suvendu and Mamta banerjee. The winner of this battle could well win the election. Interestingly, Mamta banerjee left her Bhawanipur to contest from Nandigram. Amit shah of the BJP has predicted 200+ seats for saffron party on the back of strong ground presence, local candidates and addition of TMC rebels who have left a sinking ship.It remains to be seen however if TMC manages to hold itas ground in North bengal and in muslim dominated areas. Another key issue is that of CAA and NRC which could have a bearing on 50+ seats (Matua and Rajabanghis)  in the battle for Bengal. 

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